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Moving Ontario Forward With Large New Investment
Premier Unveils Robust Plan to Create Jobs, Modernize Transportation Infrastructure

Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the Ontario government's plan to build a seamless and integrated transportation network across the province -- Moving Ontario Forward -- to create jobs, boost productivity and help every part of Ontario grow and prosper.

The robust plan would put in place dedicated and substantial funding for public transit and transportation infrastructure. It would make nearly $29 billion available over the next 10 years for investments in priority infrastructure projects across the province such as public transit, roads, bridges and highways. The province would create two dedicated funds - one for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) and one for the rest of the province. Read news release here.
Get Educated about Accessibility!
Join the GTHA and experts from the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario for an information session on the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The informative session takes place on Wed. May 14th. Register here !
Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators January 2014

The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with January 2014 data. Available here.

Edwin Frizzell Appointed Regional VP & General Manager of Toronto’s Landmark Fairmont Royal York
The Fairmont Royal York announces the appointment of Mr. Edwin Frizzell as Regional Vice President and General Manager, effective April 7th, 2014. Mr. Frizzell, who will oversee Toronto’s landmark hotel, including a planned multi-million dollar refurbishment, brings extensive leadership and hospitality experience to his new role. See press release here.
July 1, 2014 Deadline to Comply with Ontario’s New Safety Awareness Training Requirements
The clock is ticking. All Ontario employers must provide their workers and supervisors with “basic occupational health and saf ety awareness training” by July 1st, 2014 or they will be in violation of a new regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. And employers’ in-house safety awareness training provided to workers in the past will likely not meet the new requirements.

This is an “if you do nothing, you will be in violation” regulation.
Read about the New Safety Awareness Training Requirements here.
January 2014 Tourism Snapshot
Please be advised that the Canadian Tourism Commission has just released the January 2014 Tourism Snapshot, our Market Research product, prepared for the tourism industry. View the January 2014 tourism snapshot here.
Eaton Chelsea, Toronto Displays Artistic Side for Charity
Toronto’s Entertainment Hotel, the Eaton Chelsea, Toronto, is a proud supporter of SickKids Foundation, the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada which provides critical support for patients at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions. On April 3, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the local community will be invited to meet the hotel’s “Artist in Residence”, Harry Enchin - and discover his memory-evoking vintage images which are now on display throughout the newly renovated lobby. Enchin will also be donating an “artist proof” in support of SickKids Foundation. Read press release here.
The 10 most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings for spring 2014
Toronto restaurant openings continue at an untamed pace this spring, promising the imminent arrival of innovative new culinary fusions, regionally specific specialties, and even more street food-inspired fare.

Among these 10 most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings on our radar this spring is Luckee - located inside the Soho Metropolitan Hotel. Details are still scarce but the concept is rumoured to be set to launch in late April. Transformation is underway in the former Senses restaurant courtesy of Brenda Bent and Karen Gable, while the menu of classic Chinese dishes and dim sum is being developed with a nod towards the culinary traditions of Guangzhou, Hunan and Szechuan regions. See all 10 restaurants here.
Cautious optimism for Americans over international travel plans in 2013
Recovery after the global recession helped boost tourism from the world’s largest economy, according to CTC’s latest Global Tourism Watch report.

The US was hit hard by the global economic downturn in 2008. However, its recovery, which picked up in earnest in 2012, saw a parallel rise in international travel, which grew 3% that year to reach a total of 60.7 million global trips, says the new Global Tourism Watch (GTW) summary report by the Research department of the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC). Read more here.
We've Been Expecting You- Spring Training 2014
We've Been Expecting You (WBEY) training is being offered again in 2014. To date over 2,000 people representing 175 organizations from the hospitality, tourism and service industry have participated. WBEY is an award-winning program designed to help enhance a visitor's experience of Toronto by motivating return trips and further instilling a culture of hospitality excellence throughout the city. WBEY combines proven customer service principles, Toronto-specific content, and information on resources available for those who work with visitors.

Visit the City of Toronto website for more information or to register.

On-site Training Sessions:  We bring the training to you. If you have a group of ten or more people at your organization, contact us to discuss available dates and logistics.
Public Classroom Sessions:  2014 spring registration is now open.

Front-Line sessions prepare participants to welcome visitors, guests and customers to their organization…and city. Sessions run half days – 9 am to 12:30pm. All sessions are free to attend.

Monday, April 28
Thursday, May 8
Tuesday, May 13
Tuesday, May 27

Register for a session (free to attend) or email wbey@toronto.ca for more information.
BMO Field $10M upgrade endorsed by Toronto council
Toronto council’s executive committee has endorsed putting in $10 million towards expansion of BMO Field for pro soccer’s Toronto Football Club and possibly a new home for football’s Toronto Argonauts. Read article here.
Attracting New Business Investments to Ontario
Chinese Companies to Establish New Operations in Ontario

Ontario is partnering with universities on new international collaborations that will increase investment in the province's economy and help create jobs.

Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, recently concluded a successful mission to China that focused on opportunities in the life sciences, information technology, and clean technology sectors. Read more here.
Statement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the resignation of Minister Jim Flaherty
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance:

“It is with great reluctance that today I accepted the resignation from Cabinet of Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, so that he can eventually return to the private sector.

“In a political career of almost 20 years, Minister Flaherty has exemplified the best qualities of those who enter public life: a true commitment to service, and a sincere desire to leave the country in better shape than it was when he entered politics. Read more here.
PM announces changes to the Ministry
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the following changes to the Ministry at a swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall:

The Honourable Joe Oliver, as Minister of Finance, will continue the Government’s work to create jobs, strengthen the Canadian economy and balance the budget by 2015.

The Honourable Greg Rickford, as Minister of Natural Resources, will continue the Government’s efforts to promote prosperity through the country’s abundant natural resources. He will continue his responsibilities for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario.

The Honourable Ed Holder, as Minister of State (Science and Technology), will continue the Government’s leadership in science and technology and helping Canadian businesses remain competitive. Read announcement here.
Next generation water park and event complex planned for Greater Toronto Area
A massive indoor/outdoor water park and event complex is being planned for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The $60 million dollar facility is scheduled to begin construction in the spring of 2015 and be fully operational by the fall of 2016. The 100,000 square-foot attraction will feature a retractable roof, allowing it to operate 365 days a year. The development group behind the project, marbleLIVE, is led by Toronto entrepreneur John Barrack and marblemedia, one of Canada's leading multiplatform content creators. The water park and event complex will fill a significant void in the GTA's tourism market - a market that before the opening of the Ripley's Aquarium last fall, had not seen a new attraction established in over 25 years. Read more here.